3/29 – Redevelopment Potential at 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

Residents’ Input Sought:  Redevelopment Potential at 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

Wednesday, March 29 | 6:00 pm |  Hamilton Tower Meeting Room | 185 Mt. Hope Avenue

News Release:  City Seeks Community Input on Redevelopment Potential for 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

(Friday, March 17, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren invites community members to a public forum seeking community input on the redevelopment potential of a vacant, City-owned site located at 151 Mt. Hope Ave. The 1.8-acre site is located near the east bank of the Genesee River, south of I-490 in the South Wedge neighborhood.

“The future of this site is a critical piece to building on the momentum we’ve had in repositioning and connecting our Mt. Hope Avenue corridor, the Genesee River waterfront and our Center City,” said Mayor Warren. “As we work to transform our city, creating safer more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our children, we are here to listen to what residents and business owners have to say about opportunities in their neighborhood.”

The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 29 in the meeting room of Hamilton Tower, 185 Mt. Hope Ave. The forum will include a brief informational presentation regarding the site, followed by input from the community.

For more information, Contact Bayé Muhammad, Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development at 428-6883.

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4/3 – Public Meeting – Cobbs Hill Village Construction Plans

Monday | April 3 | 7:00 PM | New Life Presbyterian Church, Monroe Avenue at Rosedale

Learn about Rochester Management Inc. plans for

Cobbs Hill Village on Norris Drive.

Provide informed concerns or support.

Rochester Management Inc. currently plans to demolish the existing brick one-story buildings that comprise Cobbs Hill Village within Cobbs Hill Park and:

  • Construct two three-story and three two-story buildings in their place.
  • Increase the number of units on the site from 60 to 98.
  • Create a number of fully handicapped accessible apartments.
  • Continue construction on the site from August 2017 through completion in 2021.
  • Remove some large trees on the current site.


The plan would result in approximately 10 studios, 60 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom apartments, and 18 two-bedroom town houses.

Our concerns include:

  • Rents will rise from the current average of $414 a month to an initial estimated cost ranging from $657 per month for studios to $1,000+ per month for town houses (plus electricity), diminishing Rochester’s stock of low-income housing.
  • The buildings will be a much more visible presence within Cobbs Hill Park.
  • New construction will require extending the date when this property reverts to the city (and can possibly again become park) well beyond 2041.
  • Increased traffic on Norris Drive, which is heavily used by children & youth.
  • Sturdy buildings that appear to have years of service remaining will be lost, diminishing the stock of Rochester’s low-income senior housing.


Neighbors, Park Users, Rochester Residents invited.

Sponsored by The Coalition for Cobbs Hill Park

For further information contact: savecobbshill@gmail.com

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NO April UMNA Meeting

Next Monthly Meeting Tuesday, May 2 | 7:00 | New Life Presbyterian Church

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Summer Employment Opportunity

Continuing: Summer Employment Opportunity for Youth ages 14 – 20 Must apply by March 24

Don’t let these jobs go unfilled!  Call 428-6366 or visit www.summeryouthemployment.org

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3/25 – Local Government Jobs Seminar

Saturday, March 25 | 10:30 AM | Central Library, 115 South Avenue

City of Rochester is hosting a seminar about the Civil Service hiring process.  More info at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/itsaboutjobs

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Continuing: Library News

Central Library’s Annual HUGE Used Book Sale runs from March 16 – 19

Note: Except for Saturdays, parking is permitted at Blessed Sacrament Church while at the Monroe Library.

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Continuing: 211 – Important Area-wide Resource

Did you know that many services are available by calling 211.  

It’s a national service, sponsored by the United Way that provides immediate assistance 24 hours a day. Check out their website to see the available services that might meet some of your needs, or assist those that you know.  www.221.org. 

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Continuing:  2017 Annual Membership Drive

Thank you to all that have already sent in their dues!

Your membership and dues are vital to our work on behalf of the entire neighborhood.  Active participation is not required though Very Much Welcomed.

 Yearly membership:

$20/household, property owner or business

$10/Senior citizen, student or tenant

Contributions also welcomed for the Monroe Avenue Beautification Fund where we maintain seven gardens, and for additional Neighborhood Support.

Checks made payable to UMNA

Mail or deliver to: Jane Alexander, 63 Avondale Park,

or deliver to: Chris Stevens, 179 Crosman Terrace.

Please include: Your name, address, phone # and email.

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3/7 – Next UMNA Meeting

Next Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association Meeting

March 7 | Tuesday | 7:00 – 8:30 | New Life Church (Use Rosedale Entrance)

All Are Welcome. Do plan to come.

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Monroe Village Farmers’ Market Season 2017

Volunteers Needed

Planning is well underway for the 2017 season. The market is open Wednesday afternoons, mid-June through mid-October, from 4:00 – 7:00.  Your help is extremely important, even if only for a few hours over the course of the season.  Will you set-up or break-down tents and chairs for an hour, one Wednesday a month?  Help distribute and manage lawn signs and posters on a few weekends or weekday evenings?  Host a lawn sign yourself, that is commit to putting a market sign in your yard each Wednesday for the day?  Lawn signs are powerful advertising for the market.  Will you sign up for a couple of Wednesdays and take a few pictures for the market newsletter?

Please email Allen at allenkrisiloff@triptar.com if you are would like to contribute to our community market.

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